Since the end of March 2014, several of my learners have taken their practical driving tests at one of the Nottingham test centres (using Beeston, Clarendon Street or Colwick). In fact, during that time, nine out of ten of those tests have resulted in a pass. Those tests include one faultless performance (no errors at all, achieved by less than 1% of drivers), one with a single minor fault and a couple with just two minor faults. I am both very pleased for all my successful learners and particularly proud of this current run of results (a 90% pass rate!).
I believe that these results highlight the importance of preparation for a driving test. My method to support learners prepare for their test is not unique but follows a simple approach, as set out below:-
1. Maintaining a driver record for each learner, discussing progress at each lesson
2. Having a mock test BEFORE booking a test (to assess readiness)
3. Ensuring regular lessons are maintained between booking a test date and taking the test
4. Practising all manoeuvres on each lesson in the month leading up to the test
5. Performing at least one further mock test prior to the actual test
6. Making myself available for extra lessons
7. Proving a handout of tips and reminders, to help focus on the most important areas
8. Thoroughly covering the Show Me/Tell Me questions and answers before the test
9. Having a driving lesson the day before the test (preferably in the evening)
10. Using the hour lesson before the test to help final preparations
It is important to remember that preparing for your test is down to both the learner and the instructor and that, while good preparation doesn’t guarantee passing your test, it will dramatically increase your chances (in the same way that poor preparation doesn’t guarantee that you wont pass your test but the chances are slim).